Play Piano To-day! - Beginner Piano Lessons For Busy People!
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Play Piano To-day! - Beginner Piano Lessons For Busy People!

Learn to play the piano or keyboard, quickly and easily with these inspiring lessons that fit around a busy lifestyle.
4.7 (19 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
486 students enrolled
Created by Jacqui Chudleigh
Last updated 3/2017
Current price: $10 Original price: $100 Discount: 90% off
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 68 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play the piano and read music with just a few minutes practice a day. A fast and effective method with great tips on how to play confidently in a short amount of time. This course fits around your busy lifestyle.
  • At the end of the course, you will be playing a range of pieces confidently with both hands. You will be reading music and understanding technique and wondering why you ever thought it was hard! As the course progresses, your confidence will grow and you will be able to play a lot of pieces independantly.
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  • Students need no prior knowledge of music to take this course. You will, however, need access to a piano or a keyboard. To get started, there are many good ipad apps that will give you an understanding of the 'geography' of a keyboard.

Piano for Busy People is for all of you who would love to play the piano but think that you don’t have time.  For those of you in stressful jobs, with young children, with family commitments, with too many jobs to do – and a whole array of different reasons why you can’t follow your dream and start learning to play the piano!

You don’t need to wait any longer. This course has been designed with you in mind and is created to fully replicate face-to-face lessons.

You need no prior knowledge of music or piano, as this course is designed for the complete beginner. You will be playing with both hands in the very first lesson and reading music in the second lesson.

Piano for Busy People is broken down into ‘bite size pieces’, you can dip in and out of at your convenience.

There is no need to spend half an hour every day, sat at your piano. You can and will achieve great results with just a few minutes a day.

There are a range of downloadable PDF’s to enhance and support your learning. These include:

·         Sheet Music – a selection of both well-known pieces and pieces that are unique to this method

·         Fact Sheets –  a range of fact sheets, detailing important aspects of your learning

·         Practice Diary – these sheets are a great way to track your progress. Top tips are given for effective use of your time so as to achieve the best results in the shortest time.

Piano for Busy People is for you and I hope that you find it a relaxing and motivating part of your very busy day.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginners of all ages, and for students looking to return to play who might need a refresher course. This course is not for players who already have a good understanding of playing, reading music and technique. This course is great for anybody who thinks that learning to play the piano will take up too much time, as the course is designed to fit around a busy lifestyle and to fully replicate face to face lessons.
Curriculum For This Course
91 Lectures
2 Lectures 03:21

Thank you for taking a look at this course. I hope that you find it interesting!

Here you will find your Practice Diary Sheets, that you can download and print, to see your progress.

A great motivational resource!

Preview 01:33

I'm so pleased that you're taking the first steps to playing the piano or keyboard. This course is designed to fully replicate face-to-face lessons, so giving you the best possible learning environment.

Follow each lecture through and replay as many times as you wish. 

There will be an introduction from me at the start of each section, and then each in each following lecture you will see my hands at the piano.

Please download the PDF sheet music, ready for your lesson, as well as any information sheets as these will enhance your learning.

Here you will also find Practice Diary Sheets. Fill these in, if you wish, as they are a great motivational resource, as you can structure your practice sessions, and look back to see how far you've progressed!

I do hope that you enjoy the course, and don't forget to let me know how you're getting on!

Preview 01:48
Getting to know your piano or keyboard
6 Lectures 08:07

Hi again!

In this section, you will get to know more about your piano or keyboard.

I will show you how to 'play around' with the keys so that you become more familiar with your instrument.

Take a look at the PDF below to help think about the keys of the piano.

Preview 00:45

This lecture shows the black and white keys being played on the piano. It has very similar content to the previous lecture, so choose one or the other and then move on to the next lecture.

Preview 01:15

Making up your own music is known as improvising. By choosing the black keys to start exploring improvisation, you can be sure that all the notes will 'match' so you shouldn't get too many clashing sounds!

Preview 01:22

In music, we use the first 7 letters of the alphabet to name our notes - A B C D E F G.

In this lecture you will find out where each note is positioned on your piano or keyboard.

Preview 02:04

The pedals are used to enhance our playing and by using the pedal on the right hand side - the sustaining pedal - we can add a lovely smooth effect to our playing.

Preview 01:32

The word 'practice' can sometimes fill us with dread! I like to use the word 'play' as we play the piano to enjoy it!

Power Practice is all about making the best use of your time. and making your practice or play time the most effective it can be.

Power Practice

See how well you know your piano, by answering these questions!

How Well Do You Know Your Piano?
3 questions
Playing with both hands
5 Lectures 06:01

Your hands are obviously so important in playing the piano or keyboard, and in this section you will find out about finger numbers and how to develop the correct hand position.

Introduction to Playing With Both Hands

Your Hands

Playing With Your Right Hand

Playing With Your Left Hand

Playing With Both Hands

Your hand position is very important. Check that you're in the right position

Your Hand Position On The Piano
2 questions
Climb the ladder - the stave or staff
10 Lectures 16:02

All our music is written on the Stave of Staff, which consist of 5 lines and 4 spaces. Our notes are positioned on these lines and spaces and tell us what key to play on our piano.

Take a look at this section to find out how to read the music with confidence.

Introduction To The Stave or Staff

Our music is divided up into bars or measures. Find out more about how this affects your playing in this section

Introduction to The Stave, Measures/Bars and Bar Lines

The Stave and The Piano 1

The Stave and The Piano 2

A rhythm is made up of a combination of notes of different length. A beat stays consistent.

In this section, you will learn to recognize and play notes of different lengths and combine them within your pieces

Introduction To Note Values

Take a look at how each note is positioned on the lines and spaces of the stave or staff.

The Notes on the Stave

C Breeze

C Left

Au Claire De La Lune

Five Note Fanfare

Test your knowledge of reading music with this quick quiz.

The Stave or Staff
3 questions
Five fingers and two hands
5 Lectures 21:42

Top Tips on how to practice and include 'practice bubbles' in your 'Power Practice'

Introduction To Practice


'Over and Over'


Jingle Bells
Adding basic chords
4 Lectures 11:48

A chord is made up of two or more notes played together. Some chords sound great - others not so great!

Take a look at this section to find out more about chords and how to play them in your pieces.

Introduction To Chords

Good King Wenceslas

Happy Birthday


What is a chord?

2 questions
Taking a rest
4 Lectures 20:28

Rests are 'signs of silence' and are as important as our notes. Nearly all notes have a rest and in this section you will find out how to recognize them and how to use them in your pieces.

Introduction To Rests


'Reggae To Go'

'No Time To Rest'

What is a rest?

1 question
Express yourself!
3 Lectures 09:56

The word 'dynamics' basically means your 'volume control' in music.

Adding dynamics to your playing, creates atmosphere, character and feeling.

Dynamics are mostly written in Italian and in this section you will learn their meaning and how to play them.

Introduction To Dynamics

'Over and Over' with dynamics

'Tranquility' with dynamics

3 questions
Moving hands up and down
4 Lectures 17:16

In this section you will learn how to change hand position which will give you more notes available to play.

Moving Your Hands Around The Piano

Exercise for the right hand

Exercise for the Left Hand

Minuet In G
Tyeing it all together - extending notes with dots and ties
7 Lectures 26:27

In this section you will learn how to extend notes using dots and ties.

Find out about 'dotted notes' - what they do and how to play them!

Introduction to Dotted Notes

A Tie is a line that joins two or more notes of the same pitch. Find out more about ties in this section - how to recognize them and how to play them.

Introduction to Tied Notes

'When The Saints Go Marching In' - right hand

'When The Saints Go Marching In' - left hand

Introduction to Dotted Notes

'Michael Row The Boat Ashore' - right hand

Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Left Hand and Together

See what you can remember about dots and ties!

Dots and Ties
3 questions
9 More Sections
About the Instructor
Jacqui Chudleigh
4.7 Average rating
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486 Students
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Experienced Piano Teacher

Hello and thank you for taking a look at this course.

My name's Jacqui, and I've been teaching the piano and music for over 30 years, and still loving it!

My aim is to give access to music to everyone, no matter what their ability, lifestyle, age or aims.

I hold a Certificate of Teaching for The Royal Schools of Music, The Royal Academy of Music, London. 

I have taught both privately, from my studio in Southern England, and also in many schools and colleges. I have had the pleasure of teaching students from the age of 3 to 96!

I have two published music education books, and have had articles printed in music teacher publications. 

Teaching music is the best profession in the world and I love to share this with as many people as I can!